Saarbrucken: Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong advanced to the Bitburger Open men’s finals on Saturday to set up his first encounter against compatriot Angus Ng Ka Long since July 2010.
Both Vincent Wong Wing Ki and Angus Ng Ka Long reached the finals by pulling off upsets, Wong against No. 3 seed Marc Zwiebler of Germany, and Ng against Rajiv Ouseph of England, the No. 5 seed.
In the men’s semifinals, the twelve-seeded Vincent Wong edged past Marc Zwiebler to an 18-21, 21-12, 21-11 win in the biggest upset of the day.
Already earning a giant-killing reputation after win against top seed Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-finals, Angus Ng Ka Long completed another giant-killing act on Saturday when he ousted fifth seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-16, 18-21, 21-18 in 50 minutes to earn final berth.
For Malaysia’s women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei, it was a bitterly disappointing end to their bid to become the Bitburger Open champions, when the No. 4 seeds went down in straight sets to unseeded Poon Lok Yan/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong 21-15, 21-16 in 34 minutes.
Poon/Tse will take on Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang of China in the finals. Tang/Yu proved all too easy once again in the semi-finals as the Chinese pair continued their frightening dominance to blast past Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand 21-18, 21-8 in just 32 minutes.
The men’s doubles finals will be a battle between the top two-ranked pairs of the tournament, as No. 1 seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark will take on Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov. Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding ended the hopes of Japanese pair No. 6 seeds Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda in three sets 21-16, 16-21, 21-17 on Saturday, while Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov battled past another Japanese pair No. 4 seeds Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Noriyasu Hirata 21-18, 21-11.
Japan’s women’s singles No. 4 seed Akane Yamaguchi emerged triumphant after an easier than expected battle with second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, winning 21-8, 21-17. Yamaguchi will play another Thai player No. 7 seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan for the women’s singles crown.
In the final of the mixed doubles on Sunday, there will be the clash between No. 1 seeds Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock of England and Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba of Poland.